Helping Give Away Psychological Science/Standard Operating Procedures/Wikimedia

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Licensure and Checking Licenses[edit | edit source]

As explained in Wiki, you can upload any file that is your own work, is created by the government, already has a CC BY license, or the copyright has expired/is in public domain. However, if you are uploading someone else's work, you need to make sure they are operating under the correct creative commons licenses OR that you have the right permission to post their work. To learn more about Creative Commons licensing and best licensing practices for dissemination, visit HGAPS' SOP for license.

While there are a lot of "royalty-free images" on the Web, some of their licenses contradict Wiki's licensing policies and may be taken down later on. Here are some of the popular websites and what images you can use from them according to Wiki:

Free Images Resource List: It is difficult to find high-quality images under a CC0 license; however, Wikimedia has compiled a large list of free image resources. Click on this link to access the list.

Uploading A Picture to Wikimedia Commons[edit | edit source]

Follow the steps from licensure and checking license, and make sure you can upload it to Wiki!

  1. Go to the Wikimedia Commons page and select ‘Upload file’ in the left navigation bar under 'Participate'. This will take you to the upload wizard page.
  2. Read through the "What can I upload to Wikimedia Commons?" comic to ensure you are following Wiki guidelines. Click Next at the bottom of the graphic.
  3. Select ‘Select Media Files to Share’ and upload the material.
  4. Indicate whether or not the file is your own work, and fill out the corresponding information.
    • If the file is your own work, you have to provide your written permission.
      1. Select the option in the lower right hand corner ‘Use a different license’.
      2. Select ‘Creative Commons Attribution 4.0' (the default includes ShareAlike, so changing the default license will make it easier to share your work).
    • If the file is NOT your own work, you will have to provide: the source, author(s), and the type of license provided. If it involves one of the other categories, you will have to indicate which category it falls under.
  5. Create a title, caption, and description that accurately describes the work. This text will appear by default when using the image in Wiki.
  6. On the same page, under ‘Category’, write "HGAPS”. This serves as a tag and will make the image easier to find.
    • You can include any other tags that are relevant.
  7. After the file is published, Wikimedia will provide a link for the image as well as a line of code that can be used to insert that image in a Wiki page.
  8. Link to video tutorial

Follow these next steps if you are uploading work that is NOT your own:

  1. After uploading the picture and following the steps above, go to the file you uploaded. Click 'Uploads' in the top right of the Wikimedia Commons webpage. Then click on the title of your most recent upload.
  2. Click 'Edit Source' for that page.
  3. In the code, locate 'permissions='. Type a description of what permissions you gained for that picture. To avoid getting files taken down, we should strive to include all of these in our permissions, regardless of a CC0 or CC BY 4.0 License.
    1. Title: If there is a title for the work, include a title.
    2. Author: Make sure you properly give attributions to the owner of the work.
    3. Source: Include a link to or hyperlink the source.
    4. License: State the license given and provide a link to or hyperlink the license. If there is a specific contract that was signed, include this as well.
    5. For examples, read through this page on best practices for attribution.
  4. Go to this link to access the Wikimedia OTRS release generator. This generator will ask you a few questions to generate an email for you to send to a Wikimedia permissions volunteer. This will help to further solidify your upload of someone else's work. You MUST be able to show evidence that you have obtained permission to put it on the Internet (e.g., contract).
  5. Once you fill this out, you will get an auto-generated email. Copy the text and paste it into an email to
    • If you know the person whose work it is (e.g., if they are in HGAPS), CC them on the email.

Editing image data

  1. EXIF data -- information about the camera, date, etc. Here are details about the EXIF format and how to work with it on different platforms.

Using A Wikimedia Image[edit | edit source]

  1. Go to Wikimedia Commons and search for your image (or upload your own image).
  2. Once you find the image, select ‘use this file’, found in the toolbar above the image.
    • Select the option with a ‘W’ to the left of it to use it in a Wiki domain.
    • A box will appear with a ‘thumbnail’ and an ‘image’ option.
  3. Copy the text under ‘thumbnail’, and paste onto a Wiki page.
    • The ‘thumbnail’ version of the image will appear smaller and with a caption, as opposed to the ‘image’ version.
  4. To easily adjust the size of the image, use the visual editor (‘edit’), and drag the corners of the image.
    • You can also use the visual editor to drag the image to different places on the page.
    • The caption of the image can also be edited this way.

Creating A Slideshow or Gallery[edit | edit source]

After uploading your images to Wiki, you can make a slideshow or gallery of these images on a Wiki page.

  • To get the code for a gallery, click here.
  • To get the code for a slideshow, click here.